Great North Walk: Sydney - Lane Cove

4 h to 7 h
1 h 45 min to 3 h 15 min
3 h 30 min to 8 h 30 min

13.7 km
oneway

↑ 356 m
↓ -352 m

Hard track
This walk is the southern most stretch of the Great North Walk and spends much of the time exploring the scenic and historic urban areas around Woolwich, Hunters Hill and bush and wetlands alongside the Lane Cove River. Starting at the birth place of modern Sydney you soon enjoy a ferry ride across the world renowned harbour, passing the Opera House and heading under the Harbour Bridge. Once on dry land again you will explore the streets and some lovely pockets of remnant bushland of this peninsula. There are a few chances to stop at a cafe along the way, walk through Fairylands before exploring a few streets in Chatswood West to come to the bus station on Delhi Road. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Walking behind Hunters Hill High School. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Woolwich Wharf. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Valentia Street Reserve. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking along Valentia Street. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Woolwich Lookout sign. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Woolwich lookout. | Photo by admin, 2008.
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Top of Kelly's Bush. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Walking alongside the Lane Cove River. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Walking along Passy Ave. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Cross at the front of All Saints Anglican Church. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Cafes at Hunters Hill Shops. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Hunters Hill post office. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Hunters Hill Town Hall. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Congregational Church building. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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End of Mount St. | Photo by admin, 2008.
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Under the Burns Bay road bridge. | Photo by admin, 2008.
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Kids play area at Boronia Park. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Bushland near the end of Boronia Ave. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Timber steps near Boronia Ave. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Track leading alongside the Lane Cove River. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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From the end of Princes St Looking to Burns Bay Rd Bridge. | Photo by admin, 2010.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start Woolwich Wharf Stop_position (-33.8387983,151.176028)
Mode Bus Car
DirectionsFrom Bridge Street, Sydney.
  • Turn on to Lang Street then drive for 150 m
  • Turn left onto York Street and drive for another 260 m
  • Turn right onto Erskine Street and drive for another 230 m
  • Turn left onto Sussex Street and drive for another 450 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 2.8 km
  • Keep right onto Victoria Road, A40 and drive for another 4.6 km
  • Keep right onto Burns Bay Road and drive for another 510 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 280 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Church Street and drive for another 3.4 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Valentia Street and drive for another 120 m
Finish (-33.7929615,151.1562419)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   Train  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Woolwich Wharf Stop_position Start (a footpath).
After 40 m pass the toilet (5 m on your right).
After another 20 m find the "Woolwich Wharf" (5 m on your right).
Woolwich Wharf
Woolwich Wharf

Woolwich Wharf, found at the end of Valentia Street, is a bit of a transport hub with a ferry terminal and a popular bus stop. There are public toilets in the bus shelter area, a public phone box and across the road is an open grass area and kids' playground in 'Valentia Street Reserve'. There is also a large sign highlighting the Great North Walk's presence.
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Woolwich Wharf, found at the end of Valentia Street, is a bit of a transport hub with a ferry terminal and a popular bus stop. There are public toilets in the bus shelter area, a public phone box and across the road is an open grass area and kids' playground in 'Valentia Street Reserve'. There is also a large sign highlighting the Great North Walk's presence.

After another 15 m veer right, to head along Valentia Street.
After another 6 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your right).
After another 6 m pass the playground (15 m on your left).
After another 145 m pass the "View Street Reserve" (about 75 m ahead).
At the intersection of The Point Road & Valentia Street turn left, to head along The Point Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 90 m (at the intersection of The Point Road & Angelo Street) continue straight, to head along The Point Road.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of The Point Road & Mayfield Avenue) continue straight, to head along The Point Road.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of The Point Road & Hunter Street) continue straight, to head along The Point Road.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Gale Street & The Point Road) continue straight, to head along Gale Street.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Gale Street & Hunter Lane) continue straight, to head along Gale Street.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Gale Street & Collingwood Street) continue straight, to head along Gale Street.
After another 90 m find the "Goat Paddock" (15 m on your left).
Goat Paddock
Goat Paddock

Goat Paddock is the open area north of Woolwich Dock. The park has a path winding down through the middle, providing access to the waters edge. In 1835, the Clarke family received a grant of the land at the eastern end of the peninsula, what we now call Woolwich. In 1898, Morts Dock and Engineering Company bought this land and commissioned the excavation of the dock. The area is well maintained and is used by many locals for their morning strolls.
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Goat Paddock is the open area north of Woolwich Dock. The park has a path winding down through the middle, providing access to the waters edge. In 1835, the Clarke family received a grant of the land at the eastern end of the peninsula, what we now call Woolwich. In 1898, Morts Dock and Engineering Company bought this land and commissioned the excavation of the dock. The area is well maintained and is used by many locals for their morning strolls.

At the intersection of Woolwich Road & Gale Street veer right, to head along Woolwich Road.
After another 40 m turn left.
After another 75 m find the "Woolwich Lookout" (4 m on your left).
Woolwich Lookout
Woolwich Lookout

Woolwich Lookout is a fenced lookout atop of the cliffs at the western end of Woolwich Dock. There are great views down the sandstone cutting, through the dock at the mouth of the Lane Cove River and to North Sydney. In December 1901, the W. Solomon & Sons company (commissioned by Morts Dock and Engineering Company) completed the excavation of 85,000 cubic metres of sandstone to construct this dry dock. At the time, this 188 metres long, and 27 metres wide, pit was the largest dry dock in Australia. In 1963, the Army purchased the site and now it is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
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Woolwich Lookout is a fenced lookout atop of the cliffs at the western end of Woolwich Dock. There are great views down the sandstone cutting, through the dock at the mouth of the Lane Cove River and to North Sydney. In December 1901, the W. Solomon & Sons company (commissioned by Morts Dock and Engineering Company) completed the excavation of 85,000 cubic metres of sandstone to construct this dry dock. At the time, this 188 metres long, and 27 metres wide, pit was the largest dry dock in Australia. In 1963, the Army purchased the site and now it is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Veer right.
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 25 m pass the car park (75 m on your left).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Edgecliff Road & Clarke Road) veer left, to head along Edgecliff Road (a residential road).
After another 130 m pass the car park (45 m on your left).
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Alfred Street & Margaret Street) continue straight, to head along Alfred Street.
After another 115 m pass the car park (45 m on your left).
Continue straight.
Then head up the steps (about 15 m long)
After another 80 m turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 60 m pass the sign (on your right).
Then pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 15 m find the "Kellys Bush" (on your right).
Kellys Bush
Kellys Bush

In the late 1880s, pocket of bushland between Prince George Parade and Alfred St, Woolwich was set aside to to act as a buffer zone between the Parramatta River and the Sydney Smelting Company. The area was named after the owner of the land and smelting company, T.H. Kelly . From the passion of the local people who fought to protect this area, Kelly's Bush is now owned by the Hunters Hill Council and cared for by a team of local bush regenerators.
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In the late 1880s, pocket of bushland between Prince George Parade and Alfred St, Woolwich was set aside to to act as a buffer zone between the Parramatta River and the Sydney Smelting Company. The area was named after the owner of the land and smelting company, T.H. Kelly . From the passion of the local people who fought to protect this area, Kelly's Bush is now owned by the Hunters Hill Council and cared for by a team of local bush regenerators.

After another 8 m (at the intersection of Prince George Parade & Nelson Parade) continue straight, to head along Prince George Parade (a residential road).
After another 5 m (at the intersection of Prince Edward Parade & Prince George Parade) turn right, to head along Prince Edward Parade.
After another 135 m pass the "Great North Walk" (25 m on your left).
At the intersection of Gladstone Avenue & Prince Edward Parade turn right, to head along Gladstone Avenue.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Gladstone Avenue) turn left, to head along Woolwich Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Serpentine Road & Woolwich Road) turn right, to head along Serpentine Road (a residential road).
After another 60 m turn left.
Then head down the surface|paved steps (about 5 m long)
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Vernon Street & The Great North Walk) turn sharp left, to head along Vernon Street (a residential road).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Vernon Street) turn right, to head along The Great North Walk (a steps).
Then head down the surface|paved steps (about 85 m long)
Turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Vernon Street & The Great North Walk) veer right, to head along Vernon Street (a residential road).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Vernon Street & Brookes Street) continue straight, to head along Vernon Street.
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Vernon Street & St Ives Avenue) continue straight, to head along Vernon Street.
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Vernon Street) turn right, to head along Woolwich Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Glenview Road) continue straight, to head along Woolwich Road.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Futuna Street) continue straight, to head along Woolwich Road.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Jeanneret Avenue) continue straight, to head along Woolwich Road.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Crescent Street & Woolwich Road) turn right, to head along Crescent Street (a residential road).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Crescent Street & Futuna Street) continue straight, to head along Crescent Street.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Garrick Avenue & Crescent Street) turn left, to head along Garrick Avenue.
After another 200 m find the "Ivy Alley" (35 m on your left).
Ivy Alley
Ivy Alley

A bespoke nursery located down a quaint little walking lane in Hunters Hill. They specialise in living plant ‘bouquets’ contained in beautiful pots and containers that will continue to grow and give pleasure for years to come. You’ll find them displayed amongst an array of garden treasures – new, old and salvaged. More information at https://www.ivyalley.com.au/

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A bespoke nursery located down a quaint little walking lane in Hunters Hill. They specialise in living plant ‘bouquets’ contained in beautiful pots and containers that will continue to grow and give pleasure for years to come. You’ll find them displayed amongst an array of garden treasures – new, old and salvaged. More information at https://www.ivyalley.com.au/


After another 60 m (at the intersection of Passy Avenue & The Great North Walk) turn right, to head along Passy Avenue (a residential road).
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Passy Avenue & Rooke Lane) continue straight, to head along Passy Avenue.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Ambrose Street & Passy Avenue) turn left, to head along Ambrose Street.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Ambrose Street) turn right, to head along Woolwich Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Foss Street) continue straight, to head along Woolwich Road.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Alexandra Street.
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Alexandra Street & Ady Street) continue straight, to head along Alexandra Street.
After another 30 m find the "Hunters Hill Shops" (9 m on your left).
Hunters Hill Shops
Hunters Hill Shops

Just opposite the intersection of Alexandra and Ady Streets is a community shopping village in Hunters Hill. There are a few cafes and small restaurants set among a lovely series of sandstone buildings. You could even get your hair cut if so desired. The Ricciotti Deli Cafe open 7 days 0800-1700 (weekends 0800-1500) ph: (02) 9817-7388.
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Just opposite the intersection of Alexandra and Ady Streets is a community shopping village in Hunters Hill. There are a few cafes and small restaurants set among a lovely series of sandstone buildings. You could even get your hair cut if so desired. The Ricciotti Deli Cafe open 7 days 0800-1700 (weekends 0800-1500) ph: (02) 9817-7388.

After another 95 m (at the intersection of Alexandra Street & Ellesmere Avenue) continue straight, to head along Alexandra Street.
After another 165 m (at the intersection of Alexandra Street & D'Aram Street) continue straight, to head along Alexandra Street.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Alexandra Street & Stanley Road) continue straight, to head along Alexandra Street.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Alexandra Street.
After another 6 m (at the intersection of Ferdinand Street & Alexandra Street) turn right, to head along Ferdinand Street (a residential road).
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Ferdinand Street & Cullens Lane) continue straight, to head along Ferdinand Street.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Madeline Street & Ferdinand Street) turn left, to head along Madeline Street.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Madeline Street & Lot Lane) continue straight, to head along Madeline Street.
After another 35 m head up the steps (about 40 m long)
Turn right, to head along Mount Street.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Mount Street & Sea Street) continue straight, to head along Mount Street.
After another 50 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Mount Street) turn left, to head along The Great North Walk (a footpath).
After another 265 m pass a seat (10 m on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 45 m head up the steps (about 15 m long)
Then pass the "Great North Walk" (on your right).
At the intersection of Reiby Road & The Great North Walk turn right, to head along Reiby Road (a residential road).
After another 105 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Reiby Road) continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk (a footpath).
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Joubert Street North & The Great North Walk) turn left, to head along Joubert Street North (a residential road).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Figtree Road & Joubert Street North) turn right, to head along Figtree Road.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Figtree Road & Abigail Street) continue straight, to head along Figtree Road.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Ryde Road & Figtree Road) turn right, to head along Ryde Road (a road).
After another 75 m (at the intersection of Ryde Road & Luke Street) continue straight, to head along Ryde Road.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Ryde Road.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Ryde Road & Mark Street) continue straight, to head along Ryde Road.
After another 440 m (at the intersection of Boronia Avenue & Ryde Road) turn right, to head along Boronia Avenue (a residential road).
After another 20 m find the "Boronia Park" (15 m on your left).
Boronia Park
Boronia Park

Boronia Park is found at the intersection of Ryde Rd and Boronia Ave. The park is centered around a couple of large playing fields and a grand stand. Here you will find public toilets, tap water, electric BBQs and a children's playground. There is also shade from the trees and rain shelter to provide some relief on the hot or wet days.
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Boronia Park is found at the intersection of Ryde Rd and Boronia Ave. The park is centered around a couple of large playing fields and a grand stand. Here you will find public toilets, tap water, electric BBQs and a children's playground. There is also shade from the trees and rain shelter to provide some relief on the hot or wet days.

After another 10 m pass the playground (20 m on your left).
After another 225 m continue straight, to head along Boronia Avenue.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Princes Street & The Great North Walk) turn left, to head along Princes Street (a service road).
After another 35 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Princes Street) turn right, to head along The Great North Walk (a footpath).
After another 10 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (7 m on your left).
After another 140 m pass the "Tipperary Falls" (75 m on your left).
After another 110 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 20 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 255 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 15 m head down the 9 steps (about 5 m long)
After another 215 m head up the 18 steps (about 15 m long)
After another 60 m head down the 10 steps (about 6 m long)
After another 15 m head up the 11 steps (about 7 m long)
After another 60 m head down the 32 stone steps (about 15 m long)
After another 35 m head up the 8 steps (about 5 m long)
After another 70 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 m head up the 21 steps (about 15 m long)
After another 4 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 305 m head up the 6 stone steps (about 4 m long)
After another 15 m head down the 17 steps (about 10 m long)
After another 160 m find the "Mangrove viewing platform" (10 m on your right).
Mangrove viewing platform
Mangrove viewing platform

This timber viewing platform is found on bank on south-west of the confluence of the Lane Cove River and Buffalo Creek. This area is affected by the tides so the view is constantly changing. The lookout platform provides an opportunity to view the mangroves community and the eroded sandstone ruins
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This timber viewing platform is found on bank on south-west of the confluence of the Lane Cove River and Buffalo Creek. This area is affected by the tides so the view is constantly changing. The lookout platform provides an opportunity to view the mangroves community and the eroded sandstone ruins

Then pass a seat (10 m on your right).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 180 m head up the 6 steps (about 4 m long)
After another 15 m head up the 3 steps (about 3 m long)
After another 9 m head down the 7 steps (about 7 m long)
After another 245 m (at the intersection of Pains Road & The Great North Walk) continue straight, to head along Pains Road (a residential road).
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 140 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the water tap (65 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (65 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 15 m find the "Buffalo Creek Reserve" (60 m on your left).
Buffalo Creek Reserve
Buffalo Creek Reserve

The Buffalo Creek Reserve is found off the side of Pittwater Rd, just south of Buffalo Creek. The reserve is home to a large wetland, car park, large children's playground , picnic shelters , BBQ's , toilets and town water on tap . The children's play area, on the western side of the reserve, is very popular. There is a large playing field and a second smaller picnic area on the eastern side (where the Buffalo Creek boardwalk starts ).
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The Buffalo Creek Reserve is found off the side of Pittwater Rd, just south of Buffalo Creek. The reserve is home to a large wetland, car park, large children's playground , picnic shelters , BBQ's , toilets and town water on tap . The children's play area, on the western side of the reserve, is very popular. There is a large playing field and a second smaller picnic area on the eastern side (where the Buffalo Creek boardwalk starts ).

After another 15 m pass the shelter (4 m on your right).
Then pass the picnic table (4 m on your right).
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (6 m on your left).
Then pass the "Buffalo Creek Track Head" (6 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
Then head down the 36 surface|wood steps (about 25 m long)
After another 75 m turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Then head up the 16 stone steps (about 6 m long)
After another 45 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Sugarloaf Track) turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 35 m head up the 12 earthen steps (about 20 m long)
After another 40 m head up the 19 earthen steps (about 40 m long)
After another 180 m head down the 26 earthen steps (about 30 m long)
After another 8 m pass the sign (about 10 m ahead).
At the intersection of The Great North Walk & Sugarloaf Point Trail turn left (a vehicle track).
After another 195 m pass the "Sugarloaf Hill" (75 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the car park (35 m on your left).
Turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
Then pass the "Lane Cove National Park" (on your left).
After another 9 m head down the 16 earthen steps (about 8 m long)
After another 25 m head down the 13 surface|wood steps (about 10 m long)
After another 245 m head down the 8 earthen steps (about 3 m long)
After another 120 m pass the sign.
After another 115 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 9 m turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 90 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 40 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
After another 75 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
After another 660 m pass the toilet (about 35 m ahead).

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Then pass the playground (about 55 m ahead).
Then pass the water tap (35 m on your left).
After another 55 m find the "Magdala Park" (15 m on your right).
Magdala Park
Magdala Park

Magdala Park, found at the end of Magdala Rd, North Ryde, is home to a large playing field with a baseball diamond in the corner and a smaller playing field to the north. There is a car park , public toilets, sheltered picnic tables , childrens playground, garbage bins, and town water on tap. There are a few Great North Walk signs highlighting the direction of the walk as it winds across the open grassy area.
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Magdala Park, found at the end of Magdala Rd, North Ryde, is home to a large playing field with a baseball diamond in the corner and a smaller playing field to the north. There is a car park , public toilets, sheltered picnic tables , childrens playground, garbage bins, and town water on tap. There are a few Great North Walk signs highlighting the direction of the walk as it winds across the open grassy area.

Then pass the car park (on your left).
After another 80 m turn right.
After another 7 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 40 m veer right.
After another 45 m head through the bicycle barrier.
Then cross the bridge (about 150 m long)
After another 150 m head through the bicycle barrier.
Then head through the bollard.
After another 15 m head through the bollard.
After another 60 m pass the park (70 m on your right).

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Turn left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 110 m cross the bridge (about 95 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 45 m pass the "Mowbray Park" (40 m on your right).
After another 50 m turn left.
Then head down the concrete steps (about 15 m long)
After another 85 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 15 m pass the "Lane Cove National Park" (7 m on your left).
After another 55 m head down the 11 steps (about 9 m long)
After another 60 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 70 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 20 m pass the "Binary Cafe" (70 m on your left).

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After another 120 m continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 10 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 165 m (at the intersection of Fairyland Track & Old Access Road) turn right, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 155 m pass the "Fairyland Pleasure Grounds Board" (5 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 55 m pass a seat (15 m on your right)., has no backrest.
Veer left, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 8 m find the "Fairyland" (15 m on your right).
Fairyland
Fairyland

Once formally known as 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds', and casually as 'The Rest', this site was similar to several others in Sydney. The land was purchased by Robert Swan in 1896 and encompassed about 17 acres in total. Part of the land was cleared for a market garden, growing strawberries and melons. By the early 1900s, the market garden had closed and the area had become a popular picnic and play ground, for people arriving mostly by boat. This was a very popular spot to visit for a special day out. Today, the buildings have (mostly) gone and the cleared area has grown back, but it still can offer a relaxing picnic and lunch spot by the river.
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Once formally known as 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds', and casually as 'The Rest', this site was similar to several others in Sydney. The land was purchased by Robert Swan in 1896 and encompassed about 17 acres in total. Part of the land was cleared for a market garden, growing strawberries and melons. By the early 1900s, the market garden had closed and the area had become a popular picnic and play ground, for people arriving mostly by boat. This was a very popular spot to visit for a special day out. Today, the buildings have (mostly) gone and the cleared area has grown back, but it still can offer a relaxing picnic and lunch spot by the river.

Then come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 80 m pass the "Fairyland Pleasure Grounds Map" (7 m on your right).
After another 215 m come to the viewpoint (10 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 50 m find the "Lookout" (20 m on your right).
Lookout
Lookout

This small, informal and unfenced viewpoint is atop a large natural rock platform, between Fairyland and River Ave. There are a few in the area, but this is the most distinct. From here, there are nice views down the Lane Cove River. The area is unfenced and there is a significant drop off the side.
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This small, informal and unfenced viewpoint is atop a large natural rock platform, between Fairyland and River Ave. There are a few in the area, but this is the most distinct. From here, there are nice views down the Lane Cove River. The area is unfenced and there is a significant drop off the side.

Then come to the viewpoint (10 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 100 m cross the bridge (about 2 m long)
After another 20 m pass the "Lane Cove National Park" (on your left).
After another 6 m (at the intersection of Quebec Road & Fairyland Track) turn left, to head along Quebec Road (a residential road).
After another 190 m pass the "Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium" (65 m on your left).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Fairyland Avenue & Quebec Road) continue straight, to head along Fairyland Avenue.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Fairyland Avenue & Lobelia Street) continue straight, to head along Fairyland Avenue.
After another 140 m turn left, to head along Fairyland Avenue.
After another 15 m pass the water tap (20 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the playground (8 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the playground (20 m on your right).
After another 8 m pass the "Mulhall Park" (on your right).
At the intersection of River Avenue & Fairyland Avenue turn left, to head along River Avenue.
After another 125 m pass the park (8 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "Kobada Park" (10 m on your left).
After another 320 m pass the "Greens Flat" (9 m on your right).
Then pass the picnic table (40 m on your right).
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along River Avenue.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of River Avenue & River Lane) continue straight, to head along River Avenue.
Then pass the "Alfred Cook Park" (7 m on your right).
After another 2 m continue straight, to head along River Avenue.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of River Avenue & Lane Cove Valley Walk) continue straight, to head along River Avenue.
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 8 m pass a seat (40 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (40 m on your left)., has no backrest.
At the intersection of River Avenue & The Great North Walk veer right (a footpath).
About 55 m past the end is "Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill".
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill

The Riverside Cafe is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.
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The Riverside Cafe is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.

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Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the park at the start.

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Find the car park at the start.
Turn left, to head along Mowbray Road Offramp.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Mowbray Road & Mowbray Road Offramp) turn right, to head along Mowbray Road (a road).
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Epping Road & Mowbray Road) turn left, to head along Epping Road (a highway|primary).
After another 60 m pass the car park (45 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Epping Road.
After another 4 m continue straight, to head along Epping Road.
After another 70 m cross the bridge (about 90 m long)
Then pass the "Mowbray Park" (4 m on your right).
After another 120 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
Then pass the "Lane Cove National Park" (20 m on your right).
After another 165 m (at the intersection of Epping Road & Lane Cove Tunnel Onramp) continue straight, to head along Epping Road.
After another 360 m (at the intersection of Rivett Road & Epping Road) turn right, to head along Rivett Road (a vehicle track).
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Rivett Road & Lucknow Road) continue straight, to head along Rivett Road.
After another 145 m veer left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 20 m veer left, to head along New Link Road.
After another 175 m pass the park (60 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along New Link Road.
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Network Place & New Link Road) continue straight, to head along Network Place (a residential road).
After another 75 m pass the "Ryde Garden Central Park" (15 m on your left).
Veer right, to head along Network Place.
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 10 m pass the "The Sparrow's Mill" (35 m on your left).

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After another 15 m pass the "Perilla Cafe" (10 m on your right).
Then head down the surface|paving_stones steps (about 25 m long)
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 30 m pass the "Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium" (25 m on your right).
Turn left.
After another 10 m (North Ryde) continue straight.
After another 5 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Great North Walk: Sydney - Lane Cove


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 13.7 km
Time 4 h to 7 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 8.6 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 3.4 km apart with the largest gap of 8.5 km.

Seat: There are 7 on route, on average they are 1.7 km apart with the largest gap of 3.4 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
40 m[toilet]
Seat
1.4 km[seat]
Seat
4.5 km[seat]
Seat
7.9 km[seat]
Toilet
8.6 km[toilet]
Shelter
8.6 km[shelter]
Seat
9.4 km[seat]
Toilet
10.8 km[toilet]
Seat
12.2 km[seat]
Seat
13.7 km[seat]
Seat
13.7 km[seat]
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